Cylinder Arm Sewing Machines Buying Guide

Comparing the Techsew 2600, 2700, 2750 and 4800 Industrial Sewing Machines

Cylinder arm sewing machines are great for sewing into hard to reach areas, corners, gussets or sewing cylindrical products such as leather bags. The open sewing area around the cylinder arm makes it easy to turn and maneuver the product being sewn without having to fold or roll the product.

What are the differences between the Techsew 2600, 2700, 2750 and 4800?

2600
2700
2750
4800
Power
750W, 1HP SmartServo Motor
750W, 1HP SmartServo Motor
750W, 1HP SmartServo Motor
750W, 1HP SmartServo Motor
Max. Sewing Speed
2200 SPM
2200 SPM
2200 SPM
2500 SPM
Max. Stitch Length
6mm
5mm
9mm
9mm
Needle System
135x17
135x17
135x17
135x17
Cylinder Arm Length
10.5"
10.5"
10"
10.5"
Cylinder Arm Diameter
1 7/8"
2.5"
3"
3"
Presser Foot Clearance
5/8" (16mm)
5/8" (16mm)
5/8" (16mm)
5/8" (16mm)
Max. Sewing Thickness
3/8" (10mm)
3/8" (10mm)
1/2" (13mm)
1/2" (13mm)
Feed Type
Compound Walking Foot
Compound Walking Foot
Compound Walking Foot
Compound Walking Foot
Bobbin Size
Large "M" Bobbin
Standard "G" Bobbin
Large "M" Bobbin
Large "M" Bobbin
Needle Size Range
18 to 24
18 to 24
18 to 24
18 to 24
Thread Size Range
#46 to #138
#46 to #138
#46 to #207
#46 to #277
Reverse
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Lubrication
Manual
Manual
Manual
Automatic
Table Dimensions
47x21"
47x21"
47x21"
47x21"

 

The main differences between these machines include:

  • The 4800 and 2750 have a more powerful feeding mechanism allowing it to sew up to ½” material thickness, compared to 3/8” for the 2600 and 2700
  • The 4800 and 2750 have a longer maximum stitch length of 9mm, compared to 5mm on the 2700 and 6mm on the 2600
  • The 4800, 2750 and 2600 use a large, double capacity “M” bobbin size. The 2700 uses a standard “G” bobbin size
  • The 4800 can use up to size #277 thread and the 2750 can use up to size #207 thread, compared to the 2600 and 2700 which can use up to size #138
  • The 2600 has a narrow cylinder diameter of 1 7/8”, compared to 2 ½” on the 2700 and 2 7/8” on the 4800 and 2750
  • The 4800 has dual tension control , allowing for more precise control of thread tension, especially when using larger thread sizes
  • The 4800 has an adjustable presser foot climbing mechanism, which improves stitch length consistency when sewing over uneven surfaces
  • The 4800 has an integrated bobbin winder, the 2750, 2700 and 2600 use a table mounted bobbin winder

Which machine is the best for me?

Your choice should be based on your exact needs and the types of products you plan on sewing. If your products have extremely narrow areas to sew into, the narrow cylinder arm of the 2600 may be useful.

If you want to sew a wide range of leather thickness from 1-2oz up to about ½”, you may require the powerful feeding mechanism of the 4800 and 2750.

If you require a machine that uses larger thread sizes, the 4800 or 2750 would be be suitable.

If you do not require the additional features, power or larger bobbin of the 4800 and 2750, the 2700 would be suitable for smaller productions or beginners looking for a more affordable machine.

What does the “PRO” package include?

Available on the Techsew 2600, 2700, 2750 and 4800 the “PRO” package includes the following:

  • Automatic needle position system – the motor is programmed to automatically stop the needle in the down position when the operation pedal is released, eliminating the need to turn the flywheel manually
  • Roller edge guide – helps feed the sewn product into the machine for straighter sewing
  • Laser guide – helps sew straighter stitches
  • Flatbed attachment – a flat surface which goes over the cylinder arm, making it easier to sew flat products such as wallets and belts
  • Additional accessories – needles, bobbins, thread

Do I need a speed reducer?

For beginners and for those requiring the slowest sewing speed, a speed reducer pulley can be added which provides additional torque and speed reduction to the machine. The motor already equipped with the machine allows for very slow stitching (approximately 2 stitches per second). A speed reducer will further reduce the speed down to approximately 1 stitch per second.

 Can I convert a cylinder arm sewing machine to a flatbed machine for sewing flat products?

For added versatility, you can purchase a flatbed table attachment which is useful when sewing flat products such as belts and wallets.

 What about a heavy-duty machine like the Techsew 5100?

The Techsew 5100 features an extremely powerful feeding mechanism and is designed for sewing products up to 7/8” thick. It is not designed for thinner leather or materials below 5-6oz (2-2.5mm). If the majority of products you’re sewing are thinner than 3/8”, a light-medium cylinder arm machine such as the 2600, 2700 or 2750 is recommended. If you will be sewing with thicker leather (belts, thick leather satchels, harnesses, holsters, knife sheaths), the 5100 would be more suitable.